The Great Divorce
Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:32 AM
Mpower Pictures ("The Stoning of Soraya M.") and Beloved Pictures are teaming to co-produce C.S. Lewis' fantasy novel "The Great Divorce."
Veteran producer and Mpower CEO Steve McEveety will lead the production team. Childrens' book author N.D. Wilson ("Leepike Ridge," "100 Cupboards") is attached to write.
Lewis, who wrote the "Chronicles of Narnia" books and often wove Christian themes into his works, published "The Great Divorce" in 1945. Story centers on a man who learns that the sprawling, dim metropolis where he's been living is actually Hell; he hops on a bus headed for the outskirts of Elsewhere, only to discover that the one place worse than Hell, for a self-absorbed ad executive, just might be Heaven.
Mpower was created by McEveety in 2007 after he'd been a longtime exec at Mel Gibson's Icon Prods. He produced "The Passion of the Christ" and "We Were Soldiers" and exec produced "Braveheart" and "What Women Want." . . .
Variety, June 22
Posted 22 June 2010 - 12:37 PM
At this point, I guess there's just no way of knowing. Unlike other Hollywood film ideas that are guaranteed wastes of time from the moment of production, this has the potential to be a great film, and it also has the potential to be worthless, except in, you know, Screwtape's eyes (because, if they mess it up, it will guarantee that anyone who watches the film will never ever read the book).
I'm guessing there'd be no way for Terence Malick and Tim Burton to co-direct this thing together?
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 08:04 PM
I wouldn't advise that a filmmaker who didn't understand him make it in any case. My point is just that the book ain't ready-made material for a movie. It would take a lot of work to make a movie script out of it even by the best-intentioned and most talented of filmmakers.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 02:50 PM
I just checked out Wilson's website, and then I checked out his page at Amazon.com, and I suddenly realized something: N.D. Wilson is identical to Nathan D. Wilson, the author of the Left Behind spoof Right Behind: A Parody of Last Days Goofiness. He also wrote the essay 'Father Brown Fakes the Shroud' for Books & Culture five years ago; I don't remember the article very well, but I do remember that it caught my eye at the time.
Oh, and Beloved Pictures just announced that they're turning one of Wilson's books into a film, too.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:21 PM
The Great Divorce is pretty much my favorite book ever, so I'm both anxious and hopeful at the prospect of it being made into a movie. This gives me hope.
As a side note, the Great Divorce has been adapted for a concept album by independent artist Phil Woodward. Obligatory promotional link, where you can listen to it for free.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:33 PM